“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:7)
We look for opportunities to serve others in real, practical ways — from serving in local schools, to building relationships with international students, and meeting the health and spiritual needs of people in our community. Find out how you can put your gifts to work for God’s Kingdom.
Impact Areas are the way in which our church lives out our Biblical mandate to seek the welfare of our city primarily through those in our body who are partnering with external ministries and churches. Each impact area is responsible for connecting our body to their respective issues, equipping our body to ensure they are able to engage with the issues with knowledge and zeal (Ephesians 4:11-12), and mobilizing the body to love and serve the community outside of the four walls of our church (Matthew 5:16).
Each of our local partners roll up under specific Impact Areas. These Impact Areas are: Health, Life Initiative, Family Restoration, Prison, Poverty Alleviation/Homelessness, Local International, Mentoring, Schools, Community Development, and Anti-Sex Trafficking.
The Watermark Life Initiative helps parents, students, and young adults to think rightly about human flourishing from who we are as bearers of the Imago Dei to how the gift of sex best fits in the gift of marriage. We come alongside expecting mothers and fathers, empowering them to parent with the support and follow through of a nurturing community. We speak truth, hope, and healing to women and men dealing with the trauma of past abortions. And we advocate for communities and policies that promote the dignity of every human life.
Family Restoration is Watermark's ministry to children and families affected by abuse or neglect as well as those who are giving of their families to foster or adopt (James 1:27). We desire to see children restored to their families, and when that is no longer possible, we want to ensure every child has a home they can call their own.
Watermark's clinics serve under-resourced residents and our cities by offering urgent care near Skillman & LBJ in Dallas, as well as in Plano. Medical professionals can use their skills on-site or by referral; other volunteers can help on weekdays with the front desk, pastoral care, discipleship, and translation.
The School Impact team sees the schools in our own backyards as places to invest deeply in service. Caring for teachers and staff, investing in relationships with students and their families, and supporting a school's PTA are all opportunities to share and demonstrate God's love with our local schools. Members can connect with our current school partners or coach you to impact your own local school.
Reclaimed is fighting both the roots and the symptoms of trafficking. Participants will learn about the underlying issues of this international – and local – problem. Then they’ll have the chance to connect with a local organization to bring justice and healing to those affected by this devastating industry.
Year over year, Dallas continues to be one of our country's top destinations for immigrants, including refugees seeking asylum from their home countries. We have a Biblical mandate to both share the Gospel to all of the nations of the world and to love our neighbors, and we have the opportunity to do that right in our backyard!
Building relationships with your neighbors from other countries is an easy way to help individuals and families get acclimated to a new environment, engage in Gospel conversations, and expand your world view.
78% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck which leaves them particularly vulnerable to experiencing homelessness should a financially burdening circumstance occur. 22% of the Dallas population lives below the poverty line compared to the national average of 13%. Jesus specifically asks us to steward the resources He has given us to care for our neighbors, and the need in our city is great.
There are opportunities to build relationships and to help meet the basic needs of people in our community through the efforts of our partner organizations.
Watermark Community Development Corporation
The Watermark Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a strategic opportunity to steward resources to deploy our people, maximize impact in the community, and to raise the name of Jesus Christ by finding ways to support members wanting to create ministries as well as intentionally creating opportunities that meet the most important needs that we see in the community.